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2:35 PM ET, April 15, 2015

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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Was Asked About Email 2 Years Ago  —  WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton was directly asked by congressional investigators in a December 2012 letter whether she had used a private email account while serving as secretary of state, according to letters obtained by The New York Times.
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
You Don't Have to Tell a Clinton Twice  —  WASHINGTON — When a 35-year-old Bill Clinton, famously the nation's youngest former governor, set out in 1982 to reclaim the job he had lost two years earlier, he began with a remarkable televised confessional.  —  “My daddy never had to whip …
James Hohmann / Politico:
GOP insiders applaud Clinton rollout  —  Most Republicans thought the former secretary of state's announcement was contrived or phony, but they still viewed it as a savvy campaign launch.  —  Hillary Clinton has found a new constituency: Republicans.  —  A significant — and surprising …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, The Reaction and Hot Air
Joshua Green / Bloomberg Business:
Will Hillary Clinton Be the Agent of Her Campaign's Undoing—Again?  —  She'll have to avoid the infighting that plagued her mismanaged 2008 run for the presidency  —  The last time Hillary Clinton was riding high as a presidential candidate was March 5, 2008.  She had just beaten Barack Obama in the Ohio and Texas primaries.
The Hill:
87 Democrats endorsing Hillary  —  Eighty-seven Democratic lawmakers have endorsed Hillary Clinton's 2016 run for president, according to a survey by The Hill.  —  Sixty House lawmakers, just under one-third of the 188 Democrats in the chamber, and 27 senators, nearly 60 percent …
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
Hillary Clinton Isn't Inevitable
Discussion: Moe Lane and Daily Kos
John Harwood / CNBC:
Harry Reid: Stepping down, yes.  Retiring?  Never  —  Sen. Harry Reid speaks candidly to CNBC's Chief Washington Correspondent John Harwood about everyone from Rush Limbaugh and John Boehner to Bill and Hillary Clinton.  —  SEARCHLIGHT, Nev.—Harry Reid is thankful he quit boxing years ago as a young man …
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
LISTEN: Ted Nugent Talks About Shooting Harry Reid At NRA Meeting
Discussion: Mediaite
Nick Gass / Politico:
Sen. Harry Reid: Republican presidential hopefuls a bunch of ‘losers’
Discussion: Mediaite and CNBC
Ben Montgomery / Tampa Bay Times:
Ruskin mailman tries flying to Capitol in gyrocopter to deliver campaign reform message to Congress  —  UPDATE 1:33 p.m.: It appears as though Hughes has landed on the lawn of the Capitol.  Tweets from Washington congressional reporters indicate Capitol Police hustled out of the building and confronted Hughes at the gyrocopter.
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John Parkinson / ABC News:
Small Helicopter Lands on West Front of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Valerie Jarrett Kisses Reporters Before Interview  —  President Barack Obama's top adviser, Valerie Jarrett, went around the table and kissed reporters before an interview this morning on MNSBC's Morning Joe.  The moment was briefly captured on live television before the network cut away to a commercial break.
NBC News:
Rubio blasts the White House's Cuba move  —  Newly minted presidential candidate Marco Rubio was among the first to blast the Obama administration's decision on Cuba.  “Well, the decision made by the White House today is a terrible one, but not surprising unfortunately.  Cuba is a state sponsor of terrorism.
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Ed Kilgore / Talking Points Memo:
Marco Rubio's Double Game: Will It Work?
The Hill:
Senate overwhelmingly approves House ‘doc fix’ bill  —  The Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a $200 billion Medicare reform package that will end a two-decade-old headache for Congress known as the “doc fix.”  —  The rare bipartisan bill, which passed 92-8, marks …
Discussion: Fox News
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Kathleen Hunter / Bloomberg Business:
Congress Votes Raise for Doctors in U.S. Medicare Payments
Discussion: The Hill and ThinkProgress
Alan Fram / Associated Press:   Finally, Congress OKs Bill Reshaping Medicare Doctors' Fees
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
GRAPHIC VIDEO: Dashcam Shows Ariz. Cop Intentionally Run Over Suspect  —  An Arizona police officer rammed into a suspect with his patrol car in February in order to stop the suspect's alleged crime spree, according to two dashcam videos released by police on Tuesday.
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New York Times:
A Reckless Act in the Senate on Iran  —  Congress has formally muscled its way into President Obama's negotiations with Iran, creating new and potentially dangerous uncertainties for an agreement that offers the best chance of restraining that country's nuclear program.
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:   House Dems jump to support new Iran bill
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Loretta Lynch supporters stage hunger strike to urge confirmation  —  Loretta Lynch is still waiting to be confirmed as attorney general, and her allies are hoping a hunger strike will do the trick.  —  The advocacy group founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton, along with female civil-rights leaders …
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
BREAKING: Clinton urges Supreme Court to rule for marriage equality  —  Hillary Clinton wants the Supreme Court to rule for marriage equality.  Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)  —  Hillary Clinton supports a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court granting the right of same-sex couples …
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Both parties fired up over vote on estate tax repeal  —  The House is gearing up to vote Thursday on repealing the estate tax, an issue that has energized the base in both parties — and that Democrats and Republicans see as a political winner.  —  Republicans are making the vote the centerpiece …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Mark Bergen / Re/code:
Here Is Google's Internal Response to the Imminent E.U. Charges (Memo)  —  On Wednesday, the European Union is expected to drop the hammer on Google, charging the company with violating antitrust rules with its search dominance.  It's the tail end of a five-year investigation …
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EU Press Room:
Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Google on comparison shopping service …
The Times-Tribune:
Gravestone of Hillary Clinton's father toppled in Scranton cemetery  —  SCRANTON — The grave- stone of Hugh Rodham, Hillary Clinton's father, was found toppled over in the Washburn Street Cemetery, police said.  —  Someone in the cemetery reported that the stone was tipped over Tuesday morning, Police Chief Carl Graziano said.
Asra Nomani / TIME:
Islamic Feminist: Duke Students Tried To Cancel My Speech.  That Made It Even More Important.  —  Asra Nomani is the author of “Standing Alone: An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam.”  —  We must have critical conversations, especially if they make people feel uncomfortable
 
 
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Margaret Talev / Bloomberg Business:
Bloomberg Politics National Poll Finds Deep Partisan Split on Israel and Iran
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Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Former Gov. Jeb Bush to speak at Commencement
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 Earlier Items: 
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Boehner rebels replaced on committee
Discussion: Daily Kos
Politico:
Is the tea party afraid of John McCain?
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Axelrod calls Clinton on track with authenticity
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and The Daily Caller
Daily Mail:
More than 2 MILLION of Hillary Clinton's Twitter followers are fake or never tweet …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Murray, Durbin hit the phones
Discussion: Chicago
David Hochman / Playboy:
PLAYBOY INTERVIEW: BILL MAHER
 

 
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BBC:
A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the Republican National Convention's final night averaged 25.38M US viewers over 14 outlets, up 7% from 2020; people 55+ were about 72% of the audience

 
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